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 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Borough will bid on Papke's Land

The Assembly voted 5-1 to bid on land at Papke’s Landing in the winter auction of the Mental Health Trust Land Office. Assembly member Nancy Strand was the sole vote against the resolution. “I can’t support the Borough getting involved in... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Judge affirms Borough's determination of Wrangell Ave. home as 'dangerous building'

On Jan. 16, Superior Court Judge Philip M. Pallenberg issued his decision affirming the Borough’s determination that a Wrangell Ave. home owned by Karen Ellingstad and Fred Triem is a “dangerous building” according to municipal code. The... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Kake mayor pleas for local support for power intertie

Though many of the thirty individuals who showed up at the public meeting held last Wednesday to discuss the Kake-Petersburg Intertie (KPI) expressed their support for the project, a spirited...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Worhatch ekes out Rain Game win

Max Worhatch IV is this year’s Chamber of Commerce Rain Game winner with a guess of 115.75 inches. The total reported precipitation by NOAA for 2014 was 115.87 inches, meaning Petersburg saw higher than average precipitation this year. According...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

2015 Rotary exchange student headed to Thailand

Jasmine Ieremia will be spending the 2015-16 school year abroad in Thailand. The Petersburg High School freshman learned the location of her studies abroad after attending a winter orientation for...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Areawide parking regulations ordinance moves forward

After some discussion about the jurisdiction of two new sections of a municipal code governing parking regulations, the Borough Assembly voted unanimously to pass the ordinance on its second reading. The ordinance was tabled in early October pending...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Legislators pursue herbicide issue

According to Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht’s report to the Assembly, the ad hoc committee formed to investigate possible local action regarding state herbicide use is working with State House representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins’ office to...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 22, 2015 

Patteson elected to serve as local Auxiliary commander

Richard Patteson was selected to serve as the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander for Petersburg for the next two years at the Change of Watch ceremony held Jan. 14. Ken Hamilton will serve as the vice commander. Patteson has been volunteering...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Petersen sentenced to 12 years on child pornography charges

On Jan. 7, former Petersburg School District Maintenance Director Tye Petersen was sentenced to 12 years in jail, followed by 25 years of supervised release for Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography. U.S. District Judge Timothy... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

'Intergalactic' brings comic books to life

When Intergalactic Nemesis' creator and producer Jason Neulander was tasked with performing his radio play in front of much larger than usual audiences at a much larger than usual venue, he decided...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Swihart brings new knowledge, contacts back from FBI training

After nearly three months of training at the FBI National Academy (NA) in Quantico, Va., Petersburg Police Chief Kelly Swihart has returned to full-time work at the department, bringing new contacts a...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 15, 2015

Morrell pleads guilty to amended charge in heroin case

Twenty-year-old Christafur Morrell pleaded guilty to an amended charge of Attempted Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the 2nd Degree at a change of plea hearing in Ketchikan Superior Court before Judge William Carey. The original...

 By Mary Koppes    Dockside    January 15, 2015

Monitoring program yields quicker warnings against shellfish hazards

A new phytoplankton monitoring program being done by Petersburg Indian Association (PIA) will help alert recreational and subsistence shellfishers to harmful algal blooms in the area more quickly....

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 8, 2015

Five positions up for vote on PIA Tribal Council

Elections for five positions on the Petersburg Indian Association’s (PIA) Tribal Council will be held Monday at the ANB/ANS hall from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eligible tribal members who are interested in declaring their candidacy or nominating a... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 8, 2015

Rotary Club brings in record Red Kettle donations

Volunteer bell ringers from the Rotary Club collected the largest kettle donations on record for Petersburg, nearly $6,000, as part of the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign that ended Dec. 24....

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 8, 2015

Teachers address stress reduction as part of health living

Grant coordinator Ginger Evens updated the school board on recent initiatives of the Healthy Living Grant including recent staff training related to mindfulness based stress reduction techniques and dealing with childhood trauma. The Petersburg...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 8, 2015

New sales tax exemption rules for seniors go into effect

About 30 seniors who previously received a sales tax exemption card from the Borough were not issued a new card after Borough staff reviewed eligibility following two ordinances that went into effect...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 8, 2015

TBPC to be recast as advisory committee

The Wrangell and Petersburg Assemblies will soon vote on an ordinance that will turn the Thomas Bay Power Commission (TBPC) into a member appointed advisory committee, activated only at the behest of...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 8, 2015

Cruise ship damage to Middle Harbor slated for repairs

The initial stages to repair a dock structure in Middle Harbor that was damaged in early September by the M/V Safari Explorer are underway after the Assembly approved a contract with PND Engineers at...

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 1, 2015

Fuel economy: why prices at the pump remain high despite falling oil prices

Locally falling oil prices and fewer State funds have arisen alongside every budget discussion, especially as local officials wait to see if any State monies will be allocated for capital projects.... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 1, 2015

Borough Assembly to consider local implementation of new marijuana law

Shortly after ringing in the new year, the Borough will start contending with a new law passed by voters in November’s State election that allows possession, use, sale and transport of set amounts of marijuana. The law goes into effect near the... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 1, 2015

Extra! Extra! Two elementary classes publish newspapers

Christine Wallace's third and fourth graders and David Owen's third graders recently published newspapers and their eager reporters are already brainstorming stories to fill the papers of future...

 By Mary Koppes    About Town    January 1, 2015

Colorful fireworks display planned for New Years

The pyro crew of the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department (PVFD) will help usher in the new year with a bang as they put on a fireworks display New Years Eve. The show starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening and can be seen from a few prime locations....

 By Mary Koppes    News    January 1, 2015

Monthly book sale to begin in new year

The Friends of the Library will begin holding monthly used book sales at the Public Library beginning Jan. 3. The mini book sales will be held the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will provide readers with more opportunities to...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 25, 2014

Public comment opening for Kake-Petersburg Intertie

The U.S. Forest Service will soon be accepting comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Kake-Petersburg Intertie, a proposed electrical transmission line that would connect... Full story


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